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Brewed by Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Burlington, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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We kicked it up a notch with our Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout, aging it in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The rich chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavours from our Imperial Stout are married together with the vanilla, oak and warming alcohol from bourbon barrels. Together as one, the result is an incredible blend of aroma and taste. Drink it today, or cellar it to enjoy later as it matures.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazy_cat_lady (120) - - MAY 18, 2014
May 14, 2014. Beer Mavens dinner at beerbistro. ~8 months cellared. Very dark beer with dark tan head. Very boozy bourbon aroma with hints of wood. Lovely smooth mouthfeel. Quite lovely.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BartmanDrinks (11) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Looks like a copper topped dark stout, smells like roasted brown sugar, and tastes like your thoroughbred just won the derby.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Helsdon (135) - Toronto, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle bought at my local LCBO. Yay Nickel Brook! Been waiting for you to nail one. And they did with Kentucky Bastard. Pour with a thin but very dark brown head, dark opaque coffee brown. Aromas of cherry, vanilla and the bourbon. Taste rich and full with cherries, coffee, bourbon, roasty malts. Moderate-low carbonation making a nice creamy mouth-feel. Excellent beer. Thanks!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Randy4Beer (153) - - MAY 23, 2014
A 750ml bottle cellared for 4 months. Pours very dark brown, with a foamy brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of mocha, chocolate milk, and alcohol. Nice rich mouthfeel. Tastes of coffee, malts, red fruits mainly cherries. Very boozy with bourbon undertones to the whole affair. Overall this is an in your face 10 percenter. Will appeal to lovers of coffee oriented beers, and has a nice warming booziness for those who enjoy that sort of thing. Recommended as a sipper. A definite re-buy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
750 ml bottle, 10% a/v. Christmas gift from my brother who frequents the brewery. Pours a very thick black with a deep brown head. Looks like a meal in a glass! Aroma is complex and interesting, chocolate and coffee from the beer but also a notable scent of bourbon from the barrels it has been aged in. The taste is undeniably powerful and fantastically complex. Starting with espresso and bourbon, with chocolate, roasted nuts and a bit of stone fruit. Every sip brings a new flavor, and its just so well balanced. The palate is remarkably full, and delicious. Very glad my brother got me this brew, perfect for a cold winter night!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
Tap at Volo. Deep black pour with a big creamy tan head. The nose has a soft sweet vanilla note along with some bourbon/caramel and a little bit of cocoa. The chocolate and coffee are accentuated much more in this version than in the wine barrel version which seems to focus on fruit and peppery flavour more. Smooth palate and quite warming but is very well integrated. The nose has more of a herbal component but the beer itself is quite malt accented. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
On tap at Barhop. Pours a dark opaque black with a moderate amount of tan head. Smell is lots of vanilla, a bit of roastiness, really lots of bourbon. Palate is medium bodied with not a whole lot of carbonation. Taste is sweet at first, then goes to a nice bitter roastiness before basically tasting like bourbon. This entire beer tastes and smells a lot like bourbon and goes down really smooth. Love it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1492) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
Fairly dark brown with cognac highlights, barely no head. Aroma toffee apple and bourbon play into flavor which has rounded bourbon oak and no sharp or ugly green tannins. Very delish, with just the right boozy caramel-corn bourbon overtones.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1586) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
On tap @ the Bent Elbow - Served in a tulip snifter...deep dark roily black with a mocha colored cap. Aromas are pungent...dark fruit, coffee, cocoa, grape skin, vanilla. Rich viscous texture. Dark roast coffee/cocoa over figs vanilla and spicy hopping, some booze, long lush finish where the oak becomes detectable. Great barrel aged stout. Fine offering."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1094) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013
750ml bottle. Jet black colour with a small head but one that is brownish in colour. Huge aroma of dark fruit and whiskey esters. As it opens up there is plenty of espresso and chocolate but also sports a hint of molasses. On the palate it is rich, lengthy and complex. It shows a bitter roasted finish with some whiskey heat and a creamy texture. Very good stuff.


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